Lafayette, LA – Nineteen Year Old Nelson Paul
Chambers peacefully surrendered to the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force
(VOTF) at about 12:00 p.m. today. Chambers was accompanied by his family and
others as he surrendered in front of the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center.
On July 19th after Chambers failed to appear at his trial for Aggravated Rape,
the Lafayette Police Department requested the assistance of the VOTF. Since then
VOTF has been processing leads and interviewing associates. Yesterday, VOTF
negotiated a surrender with the family and today Chambers peacefully
Henry Whitehorn, the United States Marshal for the Western District of
Louisiana, said, “The coordinated effort of all law enforcement to bring
dangerous criminals to justice ensures that the streets and neighborhoods of
Louisiana are a safer place to raise our children.”
The Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) in Lafayette is a team comprised of
full-time law enforcement officers from the Lafayette City Marshals, Iberia
Parish Sheriff’s Office, Lafayette Police Department, St. Mary Parish Sheriff’s
Office, St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana Probation and Parole.
Further, VOTF calls upon part-time TFO’s throughout its eight parish area. In
2010 VOTF -- Lafayette closed over 400 Warrants, most of which were violent
felony offenses. US Marshals Task Forces throughout the United States arrested
81,900 state and local fugitives on felony charges.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals
can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.
America's Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency